VIDEO: Ripon and Skipton candidates at the count

The polls for this year’s General Election have now closed, the ballot boxes have started to be counted and the candidates are waiting anxiously for the result.

While the votes are being counted to determine the constituency’s next MP, the Ripon Gazette looks back on what happened at the 2010 General Election.

Polling station in Amble, northumberland on May 7 for the General Election

Polling station in Amble, northumberland on May 7 for the General Election

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The 2010 election took place on Thursday, May 6, 2010 with the Conservative Party led by David Cameron winning the largest number of votes and seats.

However, he still fell 20 seats short to form a majority in the House of Commons, resulting in a hung parliament with Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats.

In the Ripon and Skipton constituency, the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, BNP, UKIP, Independent, Youth Party and the Virtue Currency Cognitive Appraisal Party fought for the seat.

This year was the first sine 1983 that Conservative David Curry had not run and held the constituency’s seat with Julian Smith running instead for the party.

Mr Smith carried on the party’s victorious run since the seat was created by securing 51 per cent of the vote ahead of the Liberal Democrats with 32 per cent.

The result meant the Conservatives secured an 18.2 per cent majority from an election turnout of 70.7 per cent of the 79,825 population in the constituency.

Mr Smith is once again standing for the Conservatives against Labour’s Malcolm Birks, Liberal Democrat’s Jacquie Bell, the Green’s Andy Brown and UKIP’s Alan Henderson.